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Fine Papers

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Paper Shipping:
In most cases, large sheets of paper must be shipped separately from other items. For this reason, there is a separate Paper Shipping Charge of $12.00 for shipments to the USA (excluding HI, PR, AK, APO, FPO addresses). This is a flat rate, regardless of the number of sheets you order.
If you order books/supplies and large sheets of paper together, you must pay shipping on the book/supply total and also $12.00 shipping for the paper. For example, if you order 3 books totaling $49.95 and 20 sheets of Arches Text Wove, add $7.95 shipping for the books and $12.00 for the paper. Please add item PS00 to your cart for the paper shipping fee.

We also offer Paper Packs that are smaller in size and do not require extra paper shipping.

Confused by the metric weighting system of our fine papers?
Use the Paper Comparison Chart to get a rough weight comparison between papers.

This picture shows many of our papers side-by-side for comparison.


Paper Subcategories:

Paper Packs  Text Weight Paper  Cover Weight Paper  Watercolor Paper 
Pads of Paper  Paper for Bookbinding  Black Paper  Paper Samplers 



Below you will find our most popular sheets of paper. For specific sheets or packs of smaller sheets, please choose from subcategories above.


PS00. Paper Shipping Charge
This $12 shipping fee covers shipping of all size paper orders within the lower 48 US states. The shipping fee is the same no matter how many sheets of paper you order! Orders over 100 sheets will ship flat, smaller orders ship rolled.


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PS87-SA. Full Sheet Sample Packet
Full Sheet Sample Packet

A sample packet of our most popular white and off white sheets for calligraphers. Includes Arches Text Wove, Arches MBM*, Arches Hot Press 90lb, Diploma Parchment, Canson Ingres White, Frankfurt White, German Ingres White, Stonehenge Cream, Zerkall Book White and Pergamenata Natural (160gsm). These are full size sheets, not sample swatches. Each sheet is labeled.. Cost includes shipping within the continental USA.

*Arches Text Laid has been discontinued by Arches. Their MBM paper is very similar and recommended by many calligraphers.

For a small sheet version of this product, please see item PS101.



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PS84-FS. New Diploma Parchment 34x22
PS84-FS. New Diploma Parchment. Machine-made in the US, 100% cotton, warm off-white (beige), pH neutral. Smooth wove finish. 177gsm.

Full Sheet: 34"x22".
Also available in half sheets of 17"x22" (See product PS84-HS).

This bestselling archival sheet is now even better. Easy to write on and a little thicker than most text weight papers, it is great for certificates and one-off pieces. A paper you will use again & again. Give it a try. The New Diploma Parchment is a warm beige (off-white) and recommended by Vivian Mungall. The old Diploma Parchment was a yellowish cream.

"This paper is beautiful. When I first put my pen on this paper I was amazed at how lovely it is, much better than the old Diploma Parchment. I create many corporate documents (resolutions), and I like how the paper gilds and takes paint. We print logos with our Epson 3800 (a small professional printer) and the paper takes the ink beautifully. There is no feathering or bleeding. It is the same with the ink from my pen. The new Diploma Parchment has been great. I recommend it. It is a nice weight and is also fine for handmade books." - Rosemary Buczek.


This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)



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PS84-HS. New Diploma Parchment 17x22
PS84-HS. New Diploma Parchment. Machine-made in the US, 100% cotton, warm off-white (beige), pH neutral. Smooth wove finish. 177gsm.

Half-sheet: 17"x22".
Price Break at 10 or more sheets.
Also available in full sheets of 34"x22" (See product PS84-FS).

This bestselling archival sheet is now even better. Easy to write on and a little thicker than most text weight papers, it is great for certificates and one-off pieces. A paper you will use again & again. Give it a try. The New Diploma Parchment is a warm beige (off-white) and recommended by Vivian Mungall. The old Diploma Parchment was a yellowish cream.

"This paper is beautiful. When I first put my pen on this paper I was amazed at how lovely it is, much better than the old Diploma Parchment. I create many corporate documents (resolutions), and I like how the paper gilds and takes paint. We print logos with our Epson 3800 (a small professional printer) and the paper takes the ink beautifully. There is no feathering or bleeding. It is the same with the ink from my pen. The new Diploma Parchment has been great. I recommend it. It is a nice weight and is also fine for handmade books." - Rosemary Buczek.


This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)



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PS01. Arches Text Wove
Arches Text Wove
100% rag, neutral pH. 20"x25.5".White. Smooth finish (wove).

Takes ink well and is a great, though slightly soft paper to write on. 120gsm. One of our most popular papers.

Grain runs parallel to the dimension in bold.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS01-FS. FULL SHEET Arches Text Wove 40 x 25.5 in
PS01-FS. Arches Text Wove Full Sheets.
100% rag, neutral pH. 40"x25.5". 120gsm. White. Smooth finish (wove).

Takes ink well and is a great, though slightly soft paper to write on. 120gsm. One of our most popular papers. Great for paste paper.


This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS104. Arches MBM Watercolor Paper 25.5x20
Arches MBM Watercolor Paper 25.5" x 20"

This laid paper is recommended by Peter Thornton and others. Mouldmade in France, made of 75% cotton/25% sulphite, neutral pH, 105 gsm, laid finish. Buffered and gelatine sized. Ideal for pastels, charcoal, sanguine chalk, and pen and ink. Complimentary for art printing and binding. Cold Press surface.

Comments from Sandy Wagner on Arches MBM:
It has a lovely watermark. I first used it at a Peter Thornton workshop drawing the Adolf Bernd letters. It takes water media really nicely and no, it doesn't bleed. It's just a really nice all-round paper. It's a little heavier than the Canson Ingres. Like the other Ingres papers, it's laid only on one side. The other side is cold pressed similar to Arches Text. So bookmakers might have some considerations in laying out their signatures, although I have a nice stab bound book with the cold-pressed surface facing the laid surface.

10+ sheets: $2.95 each
25+ sheets: $2.75 each

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS98-FS. Pergamenata: Heavy Weight, Full Size(230 gsm)
Pergamenata Heavyweight
230gsm. 27.5"x39".

Choose: Natural (Antique) or White

With these larger sizes the grain runs parallel to the long dimension. It is easier to fold paper with the grain, and in bound books, it is generally best to have the grain parallel to the spine of the book.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)


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PS42. Arches WC HP 90 LB 22x30
Arches Watercolor
Hot Press 90lb.185gsm. 22"x30".

Superior quality, 100% rag, for pen and all techniques with opaque and transparent watercolor. Long used by calligraphers. HP (Hot press) finish is a very smooth sheet that will give a sharp smooth edge to your letters. Cold press watercolor paper can be used for calligraphy but the letters won't be as crisp. You will see the cold press texture in your lettering. This has always been one of our most popular sheets.

This paper ships separately from books/supplies and requires an extra shipping fee which is NOT included in the price of this product. Add item 'PS00' to your cart after adding large sheets of paper. (click to read details)




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PS68. Papyrus Full Sheet 14.5in X 18.5in
Handmade in Egypt. Approx. 14.5" x 18.5" (37x47cm). Retail Price up to $8.50 or more.

The dimensions in the printed catalog are incorrect.

There are few sources for buying papyrus in the USA. This ancient writing surface is made by pounding together two layers of strips cut lengthwise from the rush, Cyperus papyrus. After drying in the sun, the writing surface is smoothed with pumice. This protopaper was used for over 3000 years before being replaced by parchment and paper. Some surface texture, but accepts the ink well. The strips of reed are readily apparent in this translucent sheet. When you purchase our Egyptian papyrus, there is no extra/paper shipping for the US. Normal shipping charges apply

Quantity Prices
2-9 Sheets $3.95 per sheet
10-24 $3.50 per sheet
25 or more $3.10 per sheet



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